Intrapartum Fetal Monitoring


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Aim: To provide consistent approach to fetal monitoring in labour based on clinical evidence and best practice.

The assessment of fetal wellbeing is an important component of intrapartum care. The purpose of intra partum fetal monitoring is to detect the possibility of a hypoxic fetus and plan their delivery safely and timeously. The indications for fetal monitoring, and risk factors present, should always be discussed with the woman. Women have the right to make informed choices regarding their care or treatment. Consideration must be given to maternal preference and priorities along with potential risk factors to both mother and baby.


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Last reviewed: 04 July 2019

Next review: 31 December 2022

Author(s): Julie Murphy

Approved By: Obstetrics Clinical Governance Group

Document Id: 687